Far too often, we wait until a problem rears its ugly head before we realize our horse needs some form of therapeutic intervention.
Massage therapy is very beneficial for horses since more than sixty percent of a horse’s body is made up of muscle. When the muscles become contracted and tight they can put pressure on the surrounding tissues which only increases the discomfort. This muscle tension causes circulation to decrease, movement restriction, and muscle pain or irritation. If something is not done to ease the muscle tightness, the problem will only continue to worsen. Muscular problems and injuries occur frequently in horses and cause a variety of training issues and movement problems. This is especially critical for competitive horses that are expected to be in tip-top shape all the time even though they endure a lot of muscle strain and stress during competitions. Equine massage can help relieve the common muscles problems of horses. With therapy, a performance horse is now able to compete at is full potential by relaxing any muscle spasms, increasing muscle tone, enhancing circulation and promoting a full range of movement by the horse.
Massage Therapy relaxes muscles and helps bring much-needed oxygen to the muscles to invigorate and repair even slight damage that may unknowingly already be there by working with the circulatory system. When the muscle is relaxed, tearing of the tendon is kept to a bare minimum, sometimes even prevented. This is one of the reasons Olympic Athletes, both human and equine, rely on their Massage Therapists.
Equine massage is an alternative therapy for horses. Riders or owners can be taught how to do the massage at a variety of schools or massage training facilities. Or there are many professional massage therapists who are trained in sports massage for animals. Equine massage can be a therapeutic experience for both the horse and rider.